Welcome from Birmingham, AL
We welcome you to the webpage of the Birmingham, Alabama Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such a time as this. There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast
Hosted by Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter
Saturday, April 27, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Doors open at 9:15 a.m.
The Rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m. in an adjoining room
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
6101 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Fairfield, AL 35064
Guest Speaker: Sister Karen Ann Lortscher, O.S.B.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
— Colossians 3:12
Sister Karen Ann, Development Director at Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama, has been a Benedictine sister for thirty-four years. God called her to care for the needs of His people by witnessing community, receiving guests, and working for peace and justice. Among Sister’s many gifts are her compassion and openness to persons of all ages and backgrounds. She has a talent for accepting people unconditionally where they are as she affirms and encourages their growth.
Sister received a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Agnes Scott College and a M.A. in Education from UAB. She has been a pre-kindergarten, first and second grade teacher at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Cullman. While working at Sacred Heart Elementary, Sister also taught dance to students in grades 1 through 4 as part of the Physical Education program. While Vocation/Formation Director for the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman from 1999 – 2003, Sister Karen Ann restructured the Benedictine Sisters’ vocation ministry resulting in an increased outreach to teens and young adults.
As Campus Minister for ten years to St. Stephen Catholic University Chapel, she served over 21,000 college students and promoted a concern for social justice among student leaders and church members by leading volunteer groups at the Catholic Center of Concern, First Light Shelter, Firehouse Shelter, and Project Homeless Connect. She accompanied students on three week-long mission/immersion trips to St. Bonaventure Indian Mission at Eastern Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and wrote blogs about the trips. As a member and chair of the Benedictine Sisters of Peace and Justice Committee, Sister has participated in demonstrations against nuclear weapons, the second Iraq War, Alabama anti-immigration bill/law, and capital punishment. In her spare time, Sister Karen Ann has volunteered with the Literacy Council of Alabama.
Please join us for a breakfast of fellowship and celebration, meet Sister Karen Ann, and listen to her describe her dynamic journey with the Lord as she shares her love, faith, and zeal for her work among the Lord’s people.
Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Service Team.
Confessions will be available at the end of the meal.
Religious books and CD’s are available at the meal.
Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children under the age of 14 not be in attendance.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE:
Online: Click on this link: April 27, 2019 Prayer Breakfast
Online payment is available for $16.00 (includes the convenience fee) using PayPal with a credit or debit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account. You may also purchase additional tickets for any guests you would like to bring to the meal. When your transaction is complete you may print your online ticket from your computer.
Mail: Tickets by mail are $15.00 per person.
Send check payable to Magnificat, postmarked by April 20th to:
5220 Crossings Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242
Tickets for priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are complimentary.
Please call Donna at 205-408-0308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve your ticket. For an accurate head count, complimentary tickets must be reserved.
If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please call Donna and arrangements will be made for a ticket to be sent to you.
Please use this form for Mail-In Reservations ONLY. Complete the form below (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group). Reservations CANNOT be accepted after April 22, 2019.
Registration Form must be postmarked by April 20, 2019 to receive your confirmation. (cash/check only)
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Please Mail Reservation Form and check payable to “Magnificat” to:
5220 Crossings Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242
UPCOMING MEALS FOR OUR CHAPTER — 2018 – 2019
April 27, 2019 —Breakfast at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Fairfield
Speaker: Sister Karen Ann Lortscher, O.S.B.
August 24, 2019 —Breakfast at St. Elias Parish Hall, Birmingham
ROSARY BLANKET OF PRAYER
Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 2nd of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.
OUR PRAYER GROUPS
Is God calling you to be in a Prayer Group? Jesus said “Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst.” Our prayer groups are open to all.
Rejoice in the Lord Prayer Group
Meets Wednesdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center Library at 1:30PM.
Contact Olga Coburn (205) 822-4366 or Janet Waters (205) 979-4196
St. Albert’s Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets Thursdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center in Room 103 at 7:00PM
Contact Ray Makofsky (205) 999-8947
Magnify the Lord Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center Library
at 9:00 AM – 11:00AM.
Contact Lisa Henderson (205) 540-0213 or Donna Chmielarski (205) 408-0308
For more information about other Charismatic Prayer groups, visit Alabama Charismatic Prayer Groups
SERVICE TEAM MEMBERS
Virginia Springer, Coordinator
Barbara Cole, Assistant Coordinator
Sarah Young, Recording Secretary
Mary Margaret Rohling, Treasurer
Melanie McNary, Historian
Olga Coburn, Service Team Member
Spiritual Advisor: Father Justin Nelson Alphonse, C.P.
If you would like to help with a Ministry of Magnificat, or if you have a question or comment for our Service Team, or if you would like to be on our Mailing list for future events, please contact us at email@example.com
HISTORY of Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter of Magnificat
[For the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama]
Twenty one years ago, news of an organization in the Catholic Church which ministers to Catholic women was brought by a Daughter of Charity, Sr. Virginia Delaney. She spoke to her good friend, Carolyn Wright, who shared this news with her good friend, Peter Ann Ryan. They prayed for discernment about the possibility of this organization being made available to the women of Alabama, where the Catholic Christian population was only 3% at that time. Exciting, indeed, was the idea of joining women who follow the Magisterium of the Church under the authority of the Pope, who hold dear with great veneration Mary, the mother of God, and who more importantly promote the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity. Trusting it would be in God’s will, the little cenacle continued to pray, adding a few more faith-filled women the Lord sent.
These prayer warriors persevered out of obedience to the protocols of the Magnificat ministry founders and the circumstances of the diocese in Alabama. In the Lord’s good time, a new shepherd of the Birmingham Diocese was finally appointed, and he explained that he needed a year to get to know his flock. Exactly one year later, he requested 6 more months of reflection and evaluation before he received the women seeking permission for Magnificat, a Ministry to Catholic Women, to be formed in this diocese.
During more time of prayer, many physical efforts were required to determine if the women of the diocese were willing to embrace the vision of this ministry and to step forward in service of such an undertaking. The first Magnificat Prayer Meal in Alabama took place on February 17, 1996 with Sr. Briege McKenna as our speaker and 500 women in attendance. The rest is history in God’s grace.
Magnificat – A Ministry to Catholic Women
Carolyn Wright, the founding Coordinator of the Birmingham Magnificat Chapter, currently serves as a member of the Central Service Team’s Communication Ministry Team and the Southeast Regional Team. Reflecting on the creation of the Birmingham Chapter, Carolyn exclaimed, “The formation of this chapter of Magnificat was nothing short of amazing! It is more than any of us ever imagined or hoped for! It has brought forth fruits of love for The Trinity and Our Lady, as well as support of the Church and her priests. Magnificat Women come together, not only as friends, but as sisters in the Lord.”
Peter Ann Ryan, a close friend of Carolyn, became the first draftee in the discernment process concerning the Magnificat Ministry. She joyfully reminisces, “Over these twenty years, I am still astounded by the gifts of the Holy Spirit as He reveals His plan of love, encouragement and affection in the response of those coming to Magnificat. The awesome “coincidences” that occur between and among faith-filled women, prove the presence of a good and gracious God … touching and uplifting His children.”
The first Magnificat Prayer Meal in Alabama was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Birmingham on February 17, 1996 with Sister Briege McKenna, O.S.C. as the speaker. There were 500 women in attendance. Olga Coburn, who has been on the service team since its inception, also participated in this first meal. Using her gifts of leadership in the Charismatic Renewal, Olga was delegated by the Lord to give His word to the women at the Magnificat Meals. With a grateful heart, Olga proclaims that, “My joy is from being the Lord’s instrument, especially in Magnificat, to pronounce His prophetic word to the women He has called to be present. From the beginning He has blessed this ministry, which became manifested on that first breakfast with Sister Briege proclaiming His works and healing, including my right hand. Through His Mother, Mary, He continues to bless and use women to further His Kingdom.”
Magnificat events are held four times a year on or near a feast of Our Lady. The program includes a shared meal, praise and worship led by music volunteers, a speaker who shares God’s work in her life, intercessory prayer and the availability of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the end of the gathering. Kathy MacInnis, current Coordinator of the Magnificat Central Service Team says, “At each meal, a woman gives her testimony of how the Lord God has touched her life in an extraordinary way with His grace. The women in attendance come to understand that what God has done for that speaker, He can also do for them. This is a source of freedom and empowerment!” This witness of God’s action and mercy in the speaker’s life focuses on hope in the midst of adversity and brings to life the scripture quote: “They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Rev 12:11
The Service Team of Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter invites and welcomes the women of the Birmingham Diocese to come and experience Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth. Attend a Magnificat meal, a place where Jesus touches hearts. It is also a place that feels like “going home,” where everyone is loved and accepted by other like-minded women looking to become closer to God.
On February 6, 2016, the Birmingham Chapter of Magnificat celebrated its 20th Anniversary at Our Lady of the Valley Social Hall in Birmingham with our spiritual advisor, Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley, as our speaker. Bishop Foley’s love and devotion to the Blessed Mother is emphasized in the following prayer he has written, “O Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of our Catholic Church, may all women of the world take you as their model of what it means to be a woman. May you, who are Woman of Faith, lead us by the power of the Spirit to a new evangelization of the world. Amen.”
Since its humble beginning in New Orleans in 1981, Magnificat has become an international outreach to women that has touched thousands of lives. It has spread to 105 chapters encompassing the United States, the Caribbean Islands, Canada, Malta, Poland, Ireland, Dominica and Uganda.